Sunday 21 April 2024

Tourmalet is pretty bleak at best of times. No snow walls for year's 1st ascent so even more so sad #CanOnlyGetBetter

Saturday 13 April 2024

Today's ride: random cruise exploring new parts of the Pyrenean foothills. Great day to ride like a tourist smile

Thursday 11 April 2024

When you get home from a 100km ride & are handed this giant pastry before even getting off the bike. Nom! tongue

Monday 25 December 2023

Fab Xmas day in the Pyrenees. Unseasonably warm so no skiing, but great tonne on the bike before festivities. Cheers!

Sunday 17 December 2023

Today's ride: Col d'Aspin in the snow, under blue skies. Beautiful conditions!

Sunday 10 December 2023

Local roads most tourists & Le Tour would probably never consider. Just paradise! Especially on a sunny autumn day smile

Saturday 18 November 2023

Today's ride: a very slow Col du Tourmalet. In shorts. On November 18! Ski season in 2 weeks? Not looking likely! sad

Friday 13 October 2023

Seems like last day of summer riding weather here. Once past a bit of traffic was beautiful up at Lac d'Estaing! grin

Wednesday 11 October 2023

Today's ride: possibly last Tourmalet of the season? Looking a bit autumnal despite 34C max temp. Crazy hot October!

Monday 9 October 2023

Today's ride: home sweet home! smile

Friday 6 October 2023

Obligatory beach ride-by, Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Nice, but getting out of here through traffic chaos is 'interesting' wink

Thursday 5 October 2023

Coastal start today then a few inland cols, which while only babies still got me above the clouds. Always special.

Tuesday 3 October 2023

On this morning's ride... dreamy descent from Alto de Las Coronas. Autumn conditions don't get much better!

Sunday 1 October 2023

Port de Larrau into Spain. 26km climb back to France (Pierre Saint-Martin) was fun: 37C max! wink Awesome day out! grin

Saturday 16 September 2023

End of summer high peaks ride: Cirque de Troumouse, Barrage des Gloriettes & Col de Tentes. Awesome rugged beauty!

Wednesday 9 August 2023

Today's ride: Lac du Tech & the (relative) wilderness above. Beautiful stuff.

Friday 28 July 2023

Working on shades positioning. How's this? Feeling great, new fastest time climbing Col d'Aspin! #OlderIsStronger? wink

Sunday 23 July 2023

Another day in cycling paradise smile What passes for a picnic when you have to carry it up Col du Tourmalet wink Cheers?!

Thursday 6 July 2023

TdF Tourmalet day. Great atmosphere. No rain but maybe not so later? grin Loving my #FullyPro sunny placement - LOL! grin

Monday 26 June 2023

Alpe d'Huez: super famous cycling climb but village not v.pretty. Luckily return via Villard-Reculas is spectacular!

Saturday 24 June 2023

Huge ride to Arpettaz/Crest Voland/Aravis/Croix Fry. Charcuterie lunch. Beer above Lake Annecy to finish. Magic day!

Friday 23 June 2023

Today's ride: social spin up Col de la Forclaz, which means... snack stop! Ham & cheese galettes all round - nom! tongue

Sunday 18 June 2023

What passes for small snack when you burnt 4400kcal on the last ride: croissant stuffed with Lindor. Yes, I had 2! grin

Saturday 17 June 2023

Dream day on the bike: Grimsel Pass. Furka Pass. Susten Pass. Blue skies. Lakes. Snow. 121km. 3476m vertical. Yowza!

Tuesday 13 June 2023

Today's ride: more exploration of the Swiss Jura. Silly steep final climb & descent home a blast! Beautiful stuff smile

Sunday 11 June 2023

Today's ride: beautiful spin starting in France, through the Jura mountains (& valleys) to Switzerland & back.

Friday 9 June 2023

After yesterday's smashfest (no photo stops) an easier cruise today. Similar terrain though... so this is a 2fer wink

Friday 21 April 2023

Obligatory 'stopped to snack on a banana' top of Tramassel (Hautacam). Zero snow up here, but always a great view smile

Monday 17 April 2023

Tourmalet today. Not quite as impressive as last year, but surprising depth given how pants the ski season has been!

Saturday 25 February 2023

Love the classics season. Cheers! smile

Saturday 25 February 2023

Not saying it was cold this morning, but... nice spin all the same. Great prep for tonne of sports on TV this arvo wink

Friday 6 January 2023

Today's beaut ride out West. Shame there's hardly any snow to ski on ATM, but can just about cope with this option wink

Saturday 31 December 2022

Today's mission accomplished! 21C top of the Soulor. On New Year's Eve! Crazy! Awesome end to 2022. HNY everyone! smile

Wednesday 16 November 2022

When your plan B looks like this! Col d'Aspin closed for logging so hit up Hourquette d'Ancizan instead. Perfect day!

Friday 11 November 2022

Rolling hills & white stone villages. Was hoping to pass some autumnal vineyards but saw more fruit trees today. Doh!

Saturday 22 October 2022

Today's ride: seemingly endless rolling hills, little villages & a surprisingly busy Tolosa complete with brass band!

Thursday 20 October 2022

Road sign said 26% but saw 30% gradient on the Garmin today. Yikes! Beautiful day on the bike all the same smile

Tuesday 18 October 2022

Today's ride: Coastal warm up before some brutal inland gradients. Full summer kit. Amazing mid-October conditions!

Sunday 16 October 2022

Today's ride: Past a couple of 350/1000yo monasteries & ridge of amazing views. Looking forward to tapas tonight! smile

Sunday 9 October 2022

Haven't been here since summer hols! Nice little cruise dodging llamas & sheep & enjoying beautiful autumn colours smile

Thursday 22 September 2022

Too much fun rolling round countryside like this to stop for pics, but got to last descent of day & thought I should!

Tuesday 20 September 2022

Today's ride: Unbelievably took top 10 Strava spot up a HC climb! Beautiful day for it too. Smiling all the way! smile

Friday 15 July 2022

Just back from hols mostly riding in mountains & by lakes. What to do? Cycle Lac d'Estaing for more of the same! grin

Friday 8 July 2022

Nice spin in Parc naturel regional des Volcans d'Auvergne. Quite a mouthful! But great park could spend more time in.

Thursday 7 July 2022

Easy morning ride through vineyards & villages of southern Bourgogne. Impressive monastery in Rimont. Lovely area.

Monday 4 July 2022

Today's ride: awesome Black Forest tonne... & a bit! grin Bit toasty (cue obligatory ass sweat picture). Erm, sorry? wink

Saturday 2 July 2022

Today's ride. Too spectacular for words! Lake Lucerne, Lake Zug, Sattel, Schwyz, Illgau & return. Just wow!

Thursday 30 June 2022

Grimsel Pass with an Italian champion. Nice! Was gonna do Furka Pass too but torrential rain came & killed that plan!

Monday 27 June 2022

Unbelievable Italian/Swiss ride. Lakes, spectacular Maggia Valley & super technical descent to the finish! Love it!

Saturday 25 June 2022

Today's ride: Lakes Orta & Maggiore. Ridiculously beautiful! Many cyclists out & even traffic is well behaved smile